Meet Angelique Melendrez
Survivorship is fighting through something so terrible and being able to make an impact on others through your bravery during and after your battle.
Survivorship is not just a noun, but also a verb. Survivorship means that you have gained a mentality of resiliency that only certain lucky individuals have the ability to obtain. Lucky in the fact that our view of the world we live in, and the lives we live is extremely skewed from the average person’s. The ability we possess to see the hardships of our pasts as defining moments that led our present accomplishments, and encouragement to know that there is nothing that can stop us from achieving the goals we set for our futures. To me, survivorship has nothing to do with living or existing. Survivorship is fighting through something so terrible and being able to make an impact on others through your bravery during and after your battle.
Survivorship is that mentality you share with others to light the torch for a battle you cannot even begin to explain in words. The mentality that will keep you getting back up after being knocked down time and time again, and help you fight 10 times harder. The mentality that will help you battle not only the physically debilitating state, but also the mental war as well. The mentality that, no matter the outcome, will lead you to triumph because you will know every ounce of fight you had to give, you gave. That mentality is a badge of honor that only the bravest hold, and the strongest leave as a legacy.